2012 BC Building Code, BC Plumbing Code, and BC Fire Code

Code Publication and Formats

The 2012 BC Building Code, 2012 BC Plumbing Code, and 2012 BC Fire Code are currently available in either the printed format or the online subscription format.

Please contact your local public library to enquire about reference access to the codes.

Note: The online subscription format includes additional information to assist code users under the heading of Application and Intent Statements.

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The 2012 BC Building Code, 2012 BC Plumbing Code, and 2012 BC Fire Code, based on the 2010 National Building Code of Canada, 2010 National Plumbing Code of Canada, and 2010 National Fire Code of Canada, are regulations that establish minimum standards for:

BC Building Code (Volumes One and Two)

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Accessibility
  • Fire and structural protection of buildings in British Columbia
  • Energy

BC Plumbing Code

  • Health
  • Water efficiency
  • Protection of the building or facility from water and sewer damage

BC Fire Code

  • Health
  • Safety
  • Fire protection of buildings and facilities

The 2012 BC Building Code, 2012 BC Plumbing Code, and 2012 BC Fire Code use the same objective-based format as the 2006 Codes. The objectives describe the overall goals that the Codes’ provisions are intended to achieve. All requirements in the Codes are linked to one or more main objectives. Minimum prescribed requirements have been renamed acceptable solutions.

The 2012 BC Building Code, 2012 BC Plumbing Code, and 2012 BC Fire Code have the same organizational layout as the 2006 Codes. The 2012 Codes are comprised of three divisions:

  • Division A describes the main objectives and functional statements. At least one objective and one functional statement are linked to each technical requirement to help users better understand the reason why a particular requirement must be met and to help them evaluate alternative solutions.
  • Division B contains code provisions, or "acceptable solutions." Objectives and functional statements are listed in a table at the end of each part. These references explain the purpose of the provision.
  • Division C contains administrative requirements.

Education & Training

There are many new changes to the BC Codes. For example, new exit signage for all newly constructed buildings will feature the internationally recognized green "running man" symbol.

In addition, there are new Lateral Bracing Requirements for housing and small buildings (Part 9) which are designed to establish a higher level of safety in the event of an earthquake. The Homeowner Protection Office developed a guide to aid designers and builders in understanding and complying with these new requirements.

The following education and training opportunities are available:

    2010 National Model Construction Codes – Online Presentations
    Please note: This information is for the National Building Code of Canada and the National Fire Code of Canada rather than the BC Building Code and BC Fire Code.
    The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes is pleased to introduce FREE online presentations on the 2010 National Model Construction Codes. These complimentary online presentations provide detailed overviews of major technical changes in the 2010 editions of the National Building Code of Canada (NBC), National Fire Code of Canada (NFC) and National Plumbing Code of Canada (NPC). Each presentation is approximately 30 minutes in length.

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